Definition of gross adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


grosser, grossesthelp Senses 1 and 2 have no comparative or superlative.)1 [only before noun] being the total amount of something before anything is taken awaygross weight (= including the container or wrapping)gross income/salary (= before taxes, etc. are taken away)Investments showed a gross profit of 26%. compare net2 [only before noun] (formal or law) (of a crime, etc.) very obvious and unacceptablegross indecency/negligence/misconducta gross violation of human rights3 (informal) very unpleasant synonym disgusting“He ate it with mustard.” “Oh, gross!”4 offensive synonym crudegross behavior5 very fat and uglyShe's not just fat, she's positively gross! grossness
noun [uncountable]
Usage noteUsage note: disgustingfoul revolting repulsive offensive grossThese words all describe something, especially a smell, taste, or habit, that is extremely unpleasant and often makes you feel slightly ill.disgusting extremely unpleasant and making you feel slightly ill: What a disgusting smell!foul dirty, and tasting or smelling bad: She could smell his foul breath.revolting extremely unpleasant and making you feel slightly ill: The stew looked revolting.disgusting or revolting?Both of these words are used to describe things that smell and taste unpleasant, and unpleasant personal habits and people who have them. There is no real difference in meaning, but disgusting is more frequent, especially in spoken English.repulsive (somewhat formal) extremely unpleasant in a way that offends you or makes you feel slightly ill note Repulsive usually describes people, their behavior, or their habits, that you may find offensive for physical or moral reasons.offensive (formal) (especially of smells) extremely unpleasant.gross (informal) (of a smell, taste, or personal habit) extremely unpleasant.patternsdisgusting/revolting/repulsive/offensive to someoneto find someone/something disgusting/revolting/repulsive/offensiveto smell/taste disgusting/foul/revolting/grossa(n) disgusting/foul/revolting/offensive/gross smell/odora disgusting/foul/revolting/repulsive/gross habitdisgusting/repulsive/offensive/gross behaviora disgusting/revolting/repulsive man/woman/person